Friday, May 21, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival





Once again the Quilt Festival of online quilters is taking off. I participated in the first one, missed the second one, but I'm here again for the third. Amy at Park City Girl has started something amazing with the simple idea of bloggers sharing their favorite quilt that they've made and why it is so important to them.

I know that I've shared about this quilt pretty recently here on my blog, but my favorite quilt of late is the string quilt that I made for my mother in law.

the whole quilt

It started as a simple quilt of blues and yellows and quickly grew to include over 30 different fabrics. I made this quilt for my fabulous MIL who gave up a month of her life to fly across the country to help take care of me and my new baby after I gave birth and had complications with recovery. We could not have done it without her and she cleaned and did laundry endlessly and tirelessly. She was amazing and I had no idea how to thank her for her gift. And then my husband told me that on her way to airport to go home she mentioned shyly that she loved my quilts and maybe I could think about making one for her for a big birthday in a few years. A few years! No way! I knew immediately that I would make this quilt for her as a thank you for all her love and hard work. I had a slightly crazy deadline for it and that just pushed me more and helped in my recovery.

finished string quilt top

The string quilt presented more of a challenge than I expected and I learned a lot making this. I would make another one again, but I need a bit of a break. ;)

string quilt with wisteria

Thanks for stopping by to see one of my favorite quilts. Feel free to look around more or check me out on flickr under Tweedledee Designs.

41 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt, with a beautiful story! Well done!

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  2. Gorgeous quilt! I love how sticking to just two colours gives a cohesive look to a scrappy quilt!

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  3. I love your quilt! I'm in the middle of a string quilt... but I made the mistake of making much too small blocks. I've got what seems like millions of them but not enough to sufficiently make a quilt. I'll bet your MIL loves it! :)

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  4. I love string quilts though I'd never though of only using two colors. What a striking quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love this quilt, it's beautiful! You are making me want to try a string quilt myself!

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  6. Wonderful string quilt! I especially love that last photo! Just beautiful :)

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  7. It is an absolutely beautiful quilt and such a wonderful gift to your sweet mother-in-law!

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  8. What a beautiful quilt - those colours together have a modern feel but also feel quite traditional - and I always love strippy even if I would never have the patience to do a whole one myself!

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  9. What lovely colors!

    margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi Angela, I LOVE the story behind your quilt!! I also have an amazing MIL!!! Your quilt is beautiful...one of my favorite patterns!! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. love the colors in this quilt.... they look great!

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  12. I have a thing for string quilts. This is beautiful. I'm sure your MIL treasures it.

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  13. Awesome story. That is a great thank you gift! I love string quilt and yours is gorgeous.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

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  14. A lovely quilt and I think a lovely daughter in law too!

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  15. What a lovely quilt! Of course, I love the Cathedral in there :). I think your quilt looks really great from far away, which is unusual.

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  16. Blue and Yellow is such a great colour combination, gorgeous quilt!

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  17. Wonderful blue and yellow string quilt!

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  18. Wow, wonderful color combination and such a great gift for your dear MIL. Thanks for sharing it!

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  19. Beautiful quilt! I love the blue and yellow combination.

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  20. your quilt is fantastic! i love the pattern!

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  21. Just yummy. Its a lovely string quilt. Lots of fabrics add lots of interest.

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  22. Love your string quilt and those gorgeous fabrics

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  23. Beautiful colors. Great gift. Lucky MIL.

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  24. Lovely story and a beautiful quilt for a wonderful women. How lucky you both are to have each other.

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  25. I love string quilts; yours is fabulous!

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  26. awesome quilt & what a sweet story :) http://erinlebeau.blogspot.com/

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  27. Lovely quilt. Great fabrics, color, design. You did a great job.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  28. I love the colors that you chose ... I'm sure your MIL loves it.

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  29. I really love this quilt! I've always loved yellows and blues together and I am right now working on my own string quilt. So this quilt really struck a note with me. It's beautiful and thank you so much for sharing.

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  30. Just beautiful! Yellow and blue is always a winning combination, however, I've never seen it used in a string quilt. So very striking.

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  31. wow, what a lucky Mother-in-Law! I love the colors you chose and that you stayed with a tight color palette. My own string quilt is scrappy and I am wishing I had been more selective with the fabric choices.

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  32. Angela,
    I love blue and yellow together- I made my parents a lone star quilt with that color combination. There is something really happy about these colors together.
    Your string quilt is gorgeous- lucky MIL.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the festival.
    Regards,
    Anna
    http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

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  33. What a lucky mil!! your quilt is beautiful.

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  34. Lovely quilt, I bet your MIL was thrilled with it.

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  35. What a warm quilt and such a special gift for your MIL.
    Come see my antique quilt entries
    http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
    (there are a couple of string quilts on this blog) and
    http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

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  36. Great quilt! One of these days I'm going to make a string quilt. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. Wow, and double wow! This is gorgeous...I happen to love string quilts and I love blue and yellow together. Also, just plain love yellow in a quilt..I also have a string quilt for my entry...see it Here.

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